$10M Sanderson gift starts $100M drive for children’s health

Associated Press

bastonJACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The CEO of Mississippi’s largest publicly held company is pledging $10 million toward the expansion of pediatric medical facilities at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Joe Sanderson and his wife Cathy made the pledge Monday as the university launched a $100 million fundraising drive for Children’s of Mississippi. That’s the umbrella organization that includes the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital and other pediatric clinics in Jackson and elsewhere.

Sanderson heads the Laurel-based Sanderson Farms poultry company, which has been the headline sponsor for a PGA golf tournament in Mississippi in recent years that donates money to Batson.

The announcement signals the public stage for the largest fundraising drive in history for UMMC. Public and private money are meant for a new tower, renovations, and an offsite clinic.

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